Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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Public Commenting Deadline has been extended to March 13th!

 

The Bureau of Land Management release the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for oil and gas leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on December 20th, 2018. The public has until February 11th, 2019 to make comments on this Draft. Comments can be submitted online here or by mail:

Attn: Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program EIS
222 West 7th Avenue, Stop #13
Anchorage, Alaska 99513

 

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Proceeds from these shirts go directly into supporting the Alaska-based organizing efforts to elevate Alaskan voices for the protection of the Arctic Refuge! Your support here most directly supports the collaborative work between Defend The Sacred AKFairbanks Climate Action Coalition, Native Movement AK, and the Gwich'in Steering Committee.

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Please don’t forget to mention:

  • Those most impacted by potential oil and gas development in the Arctic Refuge should have full prior and informed consent. The Inupiaq and the Gwich’in people depend on these lands for their survival. All documentation (DEIS included), presentations, and public hearings should be fully translated into the languages of Gwich’in and Inupiaq.

  • Hardcopies of the DEIS must be more readily available. Online documents are not enough, they do not provide adequate access to the information to those with poor internet to access. Hard copies must be made available.

  • Food security of the Inupiaq and the Gwich’in people will be threatened by oil and gas development on the coastal plain, the last remaining 5% of northern Alaska that has not been developed.

  • Global science reports agree that climate change is the biggest threat to humanity; we must not continue to exacerbate the impacts by furthering any new fossil fuel development. Oil and gas development in the Arctic Refuge is counter to scientific climate action.

Learn more about the background of the Refuge, the current regulatory process, and get more talking points from our friends at the Gwich’in Steering Committee and the Northern Alaska Environmental Center.

 

The below Q & A is taken from BLM’s online FAQs page

Q: What is a substantive comment?

A: To be most helpful, comments should be as specific as possible. A substantive comment provides new information about the Proposed Action, an alternative on the analysis; identifies a different way to meet the need; points out a specific flaw in the analysis; suggests alternate methodologies and the reason(s) why they should be used; makes factual corrections, or identifies a different source of credible research which, if used in the analysis, could result in different effects. Comments will be most helpful if you can state specifically what you like and what you don't like, and what improvements you think can be made. Suggest changes and be specific. It is helpful if you can reference a section or page number.


The Truth About Seismic webinar of experts

WATCH THE FULL RECORDING HERE

This webinar was recorded on November 8th, 2018 in Fairbanks, AK. A panel of experts from through out North America presented on the impacts of seismic testing on the Arctic. Both land and ocean scientists as well as Indigenous knowledge bearers share here.

Panelists:

Martha Raynolds is a plant biologist who has worked in the Arctic for 35 years. She has spent several summers in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, studying the impacts of the winter seismic exploration conducted in the early 1980s.

M. Torre Jorgenson is UAF faculty in the Departments of Biology and Wildlife, and Geology and Geophysics.

Dr. Andrew McDonnell is an Associate Professor of Oceanography at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Subhankar Banerjee is an activist, artist, and public scholar and longtime defender of Alaska's Arctic.

Dana Tizya-Tramm, Council for the Vuntut Gwich'in First Nation, Canada.

Chief Dr. Trimble Gilbert was born in Vashraii K’oo (Arctic Village), honorary doctorate by UAF in 2016. He is second traditional chief and spiritual leader for Tanana Chiefs Conference and the 52 Athabascan tribes the nonprofit consortium serves.

Moderated by Brooke Bisson, attorney with Trustees for Alaska.



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